Accidentally vegan

Being a food blogger, I know the importance of a good picture and for some time now I’ve been thinking of buying a DSLR. It had been on my mind for a couple of months now and I’d been asking people, doing research online and, of course, saving up for the camera. So when I finally bought it last week and it arrived promptly the next day, I couldn’t wait to make something and click away! 

I wanted the first set of pictures to be special, I’m sentimental like that, but I didn’t want to slave in the kitchen. So I decided to bake some Blueberry Muffins. 
Just look at these beauties!
Turned out that I ran out of milk and yogurt. Now I was in a fix! Milk, I could do without, but yogurt? That’s essential to eggless baking. So I rummaged through the kitchen cupboards a little more. And that’s when it struck me – why not try a vegan recipe? I decided to use flaxseed powder to give the muffins the texture they needed. This is something I have used in the past and I was pretty confident, so that was a relief!
Blueberry muffins (vegan)
1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour 
1/2 cup of oats 
2 tsp of flaxeeds, powdered and mixed with 3 tbsp of water 
1 tsp of baking soda 
1/4 tsp of baking powder 
1 cup of sugar 
1/4 cup of oil 
1/2 cup of cold water 
1/2 cup of blueberries 
Some watermelon seeds to top 
A pinch of salt
Take a mixing bowl and put the sugar, oil and flaxseed mixture into it. Mix well till you get a smooth paste. 
Now slowly sieve over the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the oats and mix well to incorporate. Gradually add the cold water to loosen the batter till you get a good consistency. 
Finally, add the blueberries and mix well. Pour the batter into prepared muffin moulds and top with the watermelon seeds. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 180 degrees celsius. Remove from the oven when done, allow it to cool down on a wire rack. These muffins can be stored in the fridge for up to 10 days. 
Get a closer look
*You can omit the oats and use only whole wheat, adjust the amount of water accordingly
* Instead of the blueberries you can use cranberries, dried strawberries or raspberries. Basically, anything you like 
* In place of the watermelon seeds you can use walnuts or almonds. You can even eliminate this step if you like. Oh yes, choco chips (vegan ones) are a good idea too! 

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